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This page honors all United States rescue workers (that have come to my attention) who have died in the line of duty since January 1, 2012.

May all these rescue workers and all other rescue workers who have died in the line of duty or in retirement rest in peace.

The following is a poem which I found in my research for the 2004 page that I thought fit with the theme of these pages perfectly. It was written by Greg Gray of the Raccoon Township Volunteer Fire Department in Aliquippa, PA (used with his generous permission) to honor his fallen comrade, Firefighter David Vinisky, who was lost August 25, 2004:
With A Heavy Heart I Witness

We lost a part of our world.
A man has been killed.
A brother has fallen.
A good friend is no longer here to help.
For days, we try to prepare to say goodbye.
We have many friends. They are all very wonderful.
They have help in many ways that no one on the outside even thought about-
Food & soft drinks seem to appear out of nowhere-companies from outside are
Here to cover our area while we are out of service.
All those who have come to help are our Brothers-we are not related by blood-\
We are not of the same religion or skin color.
We are auto mechanics and computer engineers. Electricians, plumbers, school
Teachers & CPA's, truck driver & CEO, standing side by side in our tragic
The day is long and hot, it starts before the sun is up.
The truck is draped, the hall prepared, we can do this, we must.
The service is carried like a litter. All hands on. No one here will let it drop
If we should stumble, and stumble we do.
We are in pain, and we grieve.
We go on.
Now, the service is over.
Back the truck in & have another coffee it's been a long hard day.
Look forward to some rest & see the kids for a time………
Men & women, that an hour ago, were too choked with grief to speak, Jump
Out of patent leather & dress uniform into bunker gear & boots.
There are no reporters here now.
No camera crew.
It's just another fire call out of hundreds that no one will hear about.
They don't care if they get their picture on TV or get to read their name in the papers.
The truck that moments ago sat quiet & blacked- burst into red & wails off into the rain & wind. Someone needs help!!!!!!!!
They care about me, they care about you, they care about "our" homes & they go.
My heart is heavy, but it is lifted high by what I witness here.
Thank you God for the fire fighters!
Thank you firemen!

Rank and Name Age
Date of Incident
Date of Death
Department City State
Firefighter Michael John Chiapperini 43 12/24/12 12/24/12 West Webster Fire District Webster NY
Firefighter Tomasz Marian Kaczowka 32 12/24/12 12/24/12 West Webster Fire District Webster NY
Fire Chief Philip Alan Mortensen 67 12/21/12 12/22/12 Brooklyn Fire and EMS Protection District Brooklyn WI
Private Jeffery A. Hudson 46 12/12/12 12/12/12 St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis MO
Pilot Andy Olesen 65 12/10/12 12/10/12 REACT (Rockford Memorial Hospital) Rockford IL
Flight Nurse Karen Hollis 48 12/10/12 12/10/12 REACT (Rockford Memorial Hospital) Rockford IL
Flight Nurse Jim Dillow 40 12/10/12 12/10/12 REACT (Rockford Memorial Hospital) Rockford IL
Fire Chief Steven W. Fritz 58 12/10/12 12/10/12 Rothschild Fire Department Rothschild WI
Fire Chief Eddy Wayne Meador 54 12/08/12 12/08/12 Pattonsburg Fire & Rescue Protection District Pattonsburg MO
Firefighter Jalen S.D. Smith 20 11/30/12 12/03/12 Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department Tyler TX
Firefighter Timothy Paul Jansen 45 12/02/12 12/02/12 Santa Fe Volunteer Fire Protection District Bartelso IL
Firefighter Michael F. Martin 51 11/27/12 11/27/12 PPL Susquehanna LLC Berwick PA
Paramedic Chris Staggs 35 11/24/12 11/24/12 STAT EMS Lenore WV
Captain David Mowbray 52 02/05/12 11/24/12 North Kingstown Fire Department North Kingstown RI
Captain Christopher M. Good 36 11/20/12 11/21/12 Good Will Fire Company of the West Chester Fire Department West Chester
EMT Keith Chipepo 30 11/19/12 11/19/12 Grand Medical Transportation Irvington NJ
Captain John Thomas Sayles 38 11/14/12 11/14/12 Pentwater Fire Department Pentwater MI
Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr. 61 11/11/12 11/11/12 Chicago Fire Department Chicago IL
Firefighter Mark A. Haudenschild II 25 11/11/12 11/11/12 Washington Township Fire Department Fort Wayne IN
Fire Chief Walter M. Summerville III 55 11/06/12 11/07/12 Kernersville Fire Rescue Department Kernersville NC
Deputy Fire Chief John McClelland Hall 48 11/03/12 11/07/12 Clarkton Volunteer Fire Department Clarkton NC
Captain David Mitchell Tatum 55 11/04/12 11/05/12 White Oak Fire Department White Oak NC
Captain Herbert T. Johnson 54 11/02/12 11/02/12 Chicago Fire Department Chicago IL
Lieutenant Russell F. Neary 55 10/29/12 10/29/12 Easton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Easton CT
Fire Chief Donald Edward Felton 71 10/27/12 10/27/12 Southern Park County Fire Protection District Guffey CO
Fire Chief Larry Dean Nielsen 60 10/09/12 10/09/12 Gilmore City Fire Department Gilmore City IA
Lieutenant John D. Grabowski 49 09/30/12 10/01/12 Riverview Fire Department Riverview MI
Junior Firefighter Justin E. Townsend 17 09/27/12 09/27/12 Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department Dagsboro DE
EMT Belinda Gayle Rivers 43 09/25/12 09/25/12 Sandhills Ambulance Service Cheraw SC
Firefighter Christopher Joseph Seelye (from Darby, MT) 61 09/17/12 09/17/12 USDA Forest Service - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters
Wenatchee WA
Captain Neal Wade Smith 46 09/16/12 09/17/12 Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department Atascocita TX
Fire Police Captain Steven Henry, Sr. 52 09/06/12 09/07/12 Columbia Consolidated Fire Department Columbia PA
Fire Chief Richard J. Schaefer 52 09/02/12 09/02/12 Hopkinton Fire Department Contoocook NH
Paramedic David Restuccio 58 08/27/12 08/27/12 Staten Island University Hospital Staten Island NY
Firefighter/Paramedic Fidel G Serrano, Jr.
Chicago Fire Department
Assistant Chief Timothy J. Lamere 47 08/20/12 08/21/12 Constable Volunteer Fire Department Constable NY
Captain Roulos Cedric Davis 49 08/20/12 08/20/12 Chattanooga Fire Department Chattanooga TN
Inmate Firefighter Jimmy Donald Randolph 44 08/19/12 08/19/12 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation South Sacramento CA
Firefighter Anne Rosemarie Veseth 20 08/12/12 08/12/12 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Grangeville ID
Captain Michael Burgan
Sugarcreek Fire Department
Firefighter/Photographer Jim Reardon (of Pierz, MN) 51 08/04/12 08/04/12 Fire Academy of North Dakota Mandan ND
Firefighter Antonio Rodriques 49 05/09/12 07/31/12 Yonkers Fire Department Yonkers NY
Firefighter Vance Baldwin 52 07/27/12 07/27/12 Pine/Featherville Volunteer Ambulance Pine ID
Fire Chief Jon Robert Tibbetts 59 07/23/12 07/23/12 Sandoval County Fire Department Bernalillo NM
Firefighter John Moncrief 59 Unknown 07/22/12 South King Fire and Rescue Federal Way WA
Lieutenant David Raymond Chew, Jr. 30 07/16/12 07/16/12 Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company Bloxom VA
Lieutenant/EMT John Lennox Echternach, Jr. 54 06/29/12 07/02/12 Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department Boones Mill VA
Firefighter Rocky Edward Dunkin 24 07/01/12 07/01/12 Nile Township Volunteer Fire Department Friendship OH
Lieutenant Colonel/Evaluator Pilot Paul K. Mikeal 42 07/01/12 07/01/12 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
Major/Navigator Ryan Scott David 35 07/01/12 07/01/12 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
Major/Instructor Pilot Joseph M. McCormick 36 07/01/12 07/01/12 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
Senior Master Sergeant/Flight Engineer Robert S. Cannon 50 07/01/12 07/01/12 145th Airlift Wing Charlotte NC
Firefighter Ronald J. Keddie 64 06/27/12 06/27/12 Sheridan Fire Department Sheridan NY
Fire Chief George Syril Davis 62 06/22/12 06/23/12 Hollis Fire Department Hollis ME
Assistant Chief Donald Lynn Suggs 55 06/10/12 06/11/12 Summerville Fire Rescue Department Lillington NC
EMT-I John Dwight Jefferson 66 06/09/12 06/09/12 Edgecombe County Rescue Squad Tarboro NC
Firefighter/Fuels Technician Anthony Ramone Polk 31 06/08/12 06/08/12 Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Yuma Agency Yuma AZ
Captain Todd Neal Tompkins (from Boise, ID) 48 06/03/12 06/03/12 Neptune Aviation Services Missoula MT
First Officer Ronnie Edwin Chambless (from Boise, ID) 40 06/03/12 06/03/12 Neptune Aviation Services Missoula MT
Firefighter William Richard Danes 69 05/17/12 05/17/12 Brazos County Precinct 3 Volunteer Fire Department Bryan TX
Fire Police Captain David Alan Wintz, Sr. 65 05/16/12 05/16/12 Bristol Fire Company Bristol PA
Captain/Engineer Richard Parks 47 04/16/12 05/11/12 Kinloch Fire Protection District Kinloch MO
Firefighter Adam Joseph Longo 31 04/12/12 04/18/12 Natrona County Fire Department Casper WY
Lieutenant Richard A. Nappi 47 04/16/12 04/16/12 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
First Lieutenant George Marshall Sanford 67 04/15/12 04/15/12 Redding Fire & Emergency Medical Services Company # 1 Redding CT
Fire Chief John Earl Wilkinson Jr. 44 04/12/12 04/13/12 Lake Dreamland Fire Department Louisville KY
Fire Captain John Charles Winkelman 54 04/12/12 04/12/12 Huntley Fire Protection District Huntley IL
Lieutenant Robert Peter Neary 59 04/09/12 04/09/12 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Firefighter Daniel Sweeney 25 04/09/12 04/09/12 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Fire Chief Kenny Dewayne Fox 39 04/07/12 04/07/12 Decatur County Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 Decaturville TN
Master Sergeant / Equipment Operator Kevin Lee Johnson
Mississippi Air National Guard, Combat Readiness Training Center
Captain John ''Jack'' H. Colbert 60 04/06/12 04/06/12 Birchwood Fire Department Birchwood WI
Captain David L. Bailey 50 04/03/12 04/03/12 Los Angeles County Fire Department Los Angeles
Firefighter Edward Richard Bernosky 79 03/20/12 03/20/12 Adena Volunteer Fire Company Adena OH
Captain Donald Lee Jones 60 03/19/12 03/20/12 Jacksonville Fire Department Jacksonville AR
Firefighter Jonathan Dickinson Myers 54 03/19/12 03/19/12 Norfolk Fire-Rescue Norfolk VA
Senior Captain Thomas William Dillion 49 03/14/12 03/14/12 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Fire Chief Nolan Ervin Pittman 45 03/04/12 03/04/12 Centreville Volunteer Fire Department Centreville MS
Lieutenant Mark Wayne Morrison 53 03/04/12 03/04/12 St. Lucie County Fire District Port St. Lucie FL
Lieutenant/EMT Jamison Nicholas Kampmeyer 34 03/04/12 03/04/12 Colby Fire Department Colby WI
Captain Mark G. Ratledge 35 02/29/12 02/29/12 Cottonwood Fire Protection District Cottonwood CA
Firefighter/EMT Gerald "Jerry" R. Wetherell 74 02/28/12 02/28/12 Denton Township Fire Department Prudenville MI
Firefighter Chad Settlemyre 25 02/27/12 02/27/12 Sawmills Fire Rescue Department, Fire Station 40 Caldwell County NC
Fire Marshal Charles ''Matt'' Matthew Waller 47 02/16/12 02/25/12 Memphis Fire Department Memphis TX
Firefighter Jeremy Ryan Tighe 18 02/22/12 02/22/12 McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department Evansville IN
Volunteer Ray Shriver 63 02/15/12 02/15/12 Teton County Search and Rescue Jackson WY
Firefighter Zachary ''Zach'' Taylor Whitacre 21 02/13/12 02/13/12 Gore Volunteer Fire & Rescue Gore WV
Paramedic Joshua Weissman 33 02/08/12 02/09/12 Alexandria Fire Department Alexandria VA
Fire Chief David Michael William Flint 49 02/02/12 02/02/12 Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department Edinboro PA
Senior Firefighter/Engineer/Paramedic Douglas ''Doug'' Dale Haase, Sr. 60 02/01/12 02/01/12 St. Charles Fire Department St. Charles MO
Paramedic Sarah Nodurft 26 01/25/12 01/25/12 Boone County Ambulance Authority Racine WV
Captain Walter Clayton Sumner 49 01/21/12 01/24/12 Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department Cranesville PA
Firefighter Bruce Alan Turcotte 58 01/19/12 01/19/12 Hopelawn Engine Company No. 1 Hopelawn NJ
Firefighter Brandon Lee Little 19 01/18/12 01/18/12 United Hook & Ladder Company  33 New Oxford PA
Firefighter III Duane Kanoelehua Ibarra 50 01/18/12 01/18/12 Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety Kahului HI
Firefigher David Lee Crenshaw 63 01/09/12 01/09/12 Anderson County Fire Department Anderson SC
Fire Chief Samuel Butler 52 01/08/12 01/08/12 Evans Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Maxton NC
Driver Timothy K. Southern 21 01/06/12 01/06/12 Priority Ambulance Service Harrisonburg VA
Firefighter William ''Bill J'' J. Bill Jumbo Elliott 49 01/06/12 01/06/12 Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Pompano Beach FL
Inmate Firefighter Leo Lionell Crisanto 54 01/04/12 01/04/12 California Department of Corrections South Sacramento CA

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If you know of a rescue worker who has died in the line of duty that you would like to see me list here, please e-mail me at frrykid@yahoo.com with verifying information so that I don't honor someone too soon.

All Line of Duty Death information verified from firehouse.com and from links on that site and the Montana Fire Services Training School (based in Great Falls) daily newsleter. In some case, Yahoo! Maps provides and/or verifies city and state information. I also use the USFA FireFighters Memorial Database to find missing information.

Any errors that may creep into a new entry (such as a wrong department name, wrong spelling of a name, etc. will be corrected as soon as I can after I am made aware of such an error and have the correct information. Thank you for your understanding.

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